Police release CCTV of Yorkshire jewel theft

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Two men target Guest & Philips taking "large amount of watches".

By Kate Doherty

Police have revealed a CCTV still of one of two men who carried out an armed robbery at Guest & Philips in Beverley in East Yorkshire on Tuesday, in which police said "an extremely large amount of high value watches" were stolen.

It is understood two men entered the store at about 9.30am on Tuesday August 6, threatening staff with a sawn-off shotgun before using an axe to smash display cabinets. According to the BBC the thieves fled with a haul including Cartier and Gucci watches.

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Detectives investigating the armed robbery have released a CCTV still of one of the offenders in an attempt to locate the clothing worn during the robbery.

Both offenders wore white paper style overalls with dark clothing beneath, black balaclavas covering their full head and industrial style rubber gloves.

In the still, the offender can be seen placing stolen watches into a black backpack bag, while holding a small axe in his right hand; he wore red thick rubber gloves. Detectives are seeking help in locating the clothing worn in this armed robbery.

The other man, not pictured, also wore an identical overall and balaclava but wore blue gloves and held a sworn off shot gun. Both men are described as 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 2 inches tall.

Detectives are appealing to anyone in the Hull and East Riding area to be vigilant and contact the police if they believe they can help locate the clothing used in this robbery. It is believed four men took part in the robbery, two entering the store and two acting as drivers.

A Humberside Police spokesperson said: “It is likely someone will know something about this robbery, whether you have unknowingly sold two pairs of overalls and a couple of pairs of gloves to a customer recently, or you have possibly come across some discarded white overalls somewhere, if so please contact the police.

“If you see anything remotely suspicious that could help identify the offenders, I am urging you to ring the police.

“These two men entered a jewellery shop, around 9.30 in the morning, brandishing a sworn off shot gun and axe, while stealing an extremely large amount of high value watches. We must find the people responsible for this robbery and with the public’s assistance, I am confident we will.

“The investigation is well underway. However, it is important residents in Hull and East Riding are also observant and if you come across anything similar to the clothing used in this robbery to ring the police.”

The police have also appealed for anyone who saw a silver Vauxhall Omega car registration number KH03UJA in the Hereford Street area of Hull between July 28 and August 6, 2013, to contact them. The Crimestoppers phone number is 0800 555 111.
 

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